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  • Salvation Army class trains in disaster services

    Through the efforts of Niki Smith, the Beta Alpha Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recently hosted a Salvation Army national disaster services training program at Roane State Community College.

    The class was led by Ray Dalrymple, the Salvation Army service extension director for the Kentucky and Tennessee Division.

    Participants included Bob Lepsig, Gary Evans, Mary Carmen Van Horn, Duncan Van Horn and Niki Smith of Roane County.

    Participants from Morgan County were Joe Currier, Shelly Melhorn and Norma Patterson.

  • The Garden Gate: America’s gardens provide valuable history lesson

    The lilac is one of the prettiest flowers of spring. And just to confuse you entirely, lilacs are really syringas, a name usually given to the mock orange or Philadelphia.

    Syringas belong to the ancient olive family, and the name comes from the Greek syrinx, which was first applied to the mock orange. They have a long life span and have been grown since ancient times.

  • Rangers ready for coffee, climbing

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on May 4.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational sesion at Lilly Bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

  • Go Green at this year’s Home, Garden Show

    “Go Green and Save Money!” is the theme of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Home and Garden Show.

    The show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at Roane State’s Expo Center on the college’s main campus in Roane County.

    Organizers of this year’s event said it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

  • Military Matters: Haley S. Ladd

    U.S. Air Force Airman Haley S. Ladd graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    Daughter of Ricky and Deena Ladd of Kingston, she is a 2010 graduate of Midway High School.

    Ladd completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • '80s icon Rick Springfield headlining Secret City Fest

    Rick Springfield, who helped set the soundtrack for the 1980s with his No. 1 hit single, “Jessie’s Girl,” and Knoxville-native rockers The Dirty Guv’nahs will be the headline entertainment for this year’s Secret City Festival.

    The Dirty Guv’nahs will perform for the annual Oak Ridge weekend festival at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, on the concert main stage, with Soul Candy and The Traffic Jam as opening acts.

    Springfield will be on the concert mainstage beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

  • Gibbons retires from 278th post

    First Sgt. Joel Gibbons retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard following a change of responsibility ceremony at Knoxville’s National Guard Armory on Sutherland Avenue after 23 years of service.

    Gibbons, originally from Niagara Falls, N.Y., officially retired as 278th Regimental Headquarters Troop First Sergeant on March 29 after following in the footsteps of his father and two older brothers by enlisting in the U.S. Army in August 1989.

  • Salute to Soldiers at fest

    Oak Ridge’s Secret City Festival is introducing a new “Salute to Soldiers” program featuring World War II living history activities and demonstrations at AK Bissell Park on June 22.

    A day of living history activities and exhibits  include period camps opening at 9 a.m., with demonstrations from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    Vehicles from motorcycles and Jeeps to halftracks and artillery will be on display. A tour of an American first-aid station will illustrate how lives were saved on the front lines.

  • Churches, Habitat clear lot for future home

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity partners with members of Bradbury United Methodist Church of Kingston and Luminary United Methodist Church of Ten Mile to clear a donated lot in Harriman that someday will hold a Habitat house for a family in need of a decent place to live.

    Dozens of old tires, a decaying fiberglass boat and hundreds of pounds of scrap metal were removed from the lot and either recycled or hauled to the landfill.

  • Rid your home of hazardous waste at special event

    Roane County households may dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during next month’s Household Hazardous Waste Day at the recycling center at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown.

    Household hazardous waste materials will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11. No business, agribusiness, school or church waste will be accepted.

    Household hazardous waste includes flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic materials.